Synthetic marijuana is largely used among adolescents for recreation. Studies show it can increase the risk of addiction, and also trigger violence, other drug use, alcohol abuse, and sexual risk-taking.
Public Health March 14, 2017
Researchers have identified the synthetic drug that caused several New Yorkers to enter a 'zombielike' state in July as AMB-FUBINACA. Originally developed by Pfizer, its patent was likely used by illegal drug labs to produce a new drug compound.
Public Health December 17, 2016
DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg told a Senate committee that they need the help of lawmakers to effectively control the sale and use of synthetic drugs. The agency has monitored an increase in the use of the drugs in the country.
Public Health June 8, 2016
The latest drug that has law enforcement and health officials worried is Flakka, which can cause irrational behavior and is viewed as a second generation bath salt. It can be snorted, injected or swallowed.
Internet Culture April 30, 2015
Drug substitutes, such as Spice, a synthetic pot option, are sending dozens to emergency rooms and some believe legalizing marijuana would stem the trend. It's also prompting medical professionals to seek ways to educate drug users regarding the dangers in using chemical-based drugs as opposed to drugs made from organic elements such as marijuana plants.
LIFE April 27, 2015